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A CHILD SCREENING A DOVE FROM A HAWK, BY STEWARDSON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ay, screen thy favourite dove, fair child
Last Line: A hawk for every dove!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Doves; Paintings & Painters


AY, screen thy favourite dove, fair child,
Ay, screen it if you may, --
Yet I misdoubt thy trembling hand
Will scare the hawk away.

That dove will die, that child will weep, --
Is this their destinie?
Ever amid the sweets of life
Some evil thing must be.

Ay, moralise, -- is it not thus
We've mourn'd our hope and love?
Ah! there are tears for every eye,
A hawk for every dove!





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